Cosmetology Program

The Cosmetology Certificate program in Pittsfield, MA qualifies and prepares its graduates for successful passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cosmetology licensing examination, administered by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, and successful practice in the field of cosmetology and appearance enhancement. The Cosmetology Certificate program is equivalent to 1,000 clock hours of instruction. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours distributed among fields required by the Board in order to be eligible to register for the Board licensure examination.

Successful cosmetology certificate graduates will be well prepared for licensure examination and subsequent practice through having acquired training in all areas of cosmetology required by the Board, including manicuring, hair straightening and permanent waving, shampooing, finger waving, marcelling and all iron curls, skin care, facial grooming, wig instruction and scalp treatments, dyes and bleaching, hair cutting, hygiene and sterilization, anatomy, physiology, applied sciences, and business practices. An emphasis is placed on preparing cosmetology students to work under supervision of experienced cosmetologists, and in the future, for a possible career route as an entrepreneur.

Cosmetology students are advised that although jobs in the beauty industry are not considered physically demanding, they will find that occupations in the field do require a certain amount of physical stamina. Due to the nature of the fields of cosmetology, prolonged periods of standing, sitting, and bending at the waist will be required. Lifting and periods of manual dexterity will be required in some cases as well.

I always wanted to be a Cosmetologist and Mildred Elley guided me along the way. Working on hair and doing everything that I love is fun. I have a career now and I’m only 20 years old.

-Autumn Leon,
Class of 2014

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